‘Smart drugs’ warning issued by North Somerset charity

PUBLISHED: 14:00 07 June 2018

Addaction has warned against using smart drugs.

Addaction has warned against using smart drugs.


A Weston-super-Mare charity is warning against the use of ‘smart drugs’, as youngsters tackle their school and university exams.

Addaction, in the Boulevard, has encouraged people not to buy drugs like Adderall on the internet to boost studies.

The charity has warned of side effects, and the dangers of buying drugs online.

Addaction’s pharmacy director Roz Gittins said: “We’re hearing increasing reports of university students using smart drugs.

“The internet has opened up access to drugs like Ritalin, Adderall, and Modafinil.

“Many sites have a veneer of credibility but they’re unregulated and students need to know the dangers. It can be almost impossible to know whether the pills are real, fake, or contain contaminants.

“The trade off for short bursts of focus can include headaches, palpitations and nervousness. There’s also a risk that underlying mental health problems may be exacerbated.”

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